Punch Leather Upholstery ($1,500); Convenience Package ($1,500 -- includes multifunction leather steering wheel, comfort access, auto-dimming rearview mirror, center armrest, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and USB jack); Premium Package ($1,500 -- includes dual-pane sunroof, automatic climate control and premium sound); Sport Package ($1,500 -- includes 17-inch wheels with run-flat performance tires, sport-tuned suspension and bi-xenon headlights); Automatic Transmission ($1,250); Web-Spoke Wheels ($500); Metallic Paint ($500); Chrome Line Interior Trim ($250); Chrome Line Exterior Trim ($250); White Turn Signals ($100); Clubman Launch Package (No cost -- includes power-folding/heated mirrors, heated washer jets and heated front seats).
Double-overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, direct injection, variable intake & exhaust valve timing, variable intake valve lift
I = 4.044, II = 2.371, III = 1.556, IV = 1.159, V = 0.852, VI = 0.672, R = 3.193, Final Drive = 3.685
The Mini's automatic transmission is impressive in Sport mode ? upshifts are fast and crisp and arrive immediately after they're requested. Downshifts are similarly quick and come with matched revs ? not what we expected, but very impressive. This is an automatic that offers much of the performance of a manual transmission, with few of the compromises.
We experienced some lengthening of stopping distances over five stops with the Mini Clubman, but this could be due to brake pads that aren't fully bedded in our low-mileage tester. Pedal effort and response remained consistent. Overall performance is still good.
With additional length the Mini's otherwise hyper responses are damped slightly, but it's not so large to not be fun. There's still plenty of sporting character here with impressive steering feel and response and composed body control.